· February, 2006

Stories about Sub-Saharan Africa from February, 2006

Kenya: Poverty eradication industry

  27 February 2006

ThinkersRoom comments on the growing poverty eradication industry…“Poverty is one of the biggest employers, and what’s more, has created some of the biggest gravy trains in history”

Sierra Leone: Music for reconciliation

  27 February 2006

Soul on Ice reports on a visit by UK “emcee and dj of Original Fever on BBC 1Xtra” to Sierra Leone “and dropped a wikid and very heartening documentary on his travels”

Sudan: Sudanese officals involved in HR violations

  27 February 2006

Passion of the Present reports on the release of the names of high ranking Sudanese officials involved in “gross human rights violations”….”The names on the U.N. sanctions list underscore how top Sudanese officials have been responsible for ongoing atrocities in Darfur,”

Africa is a continent NOT a country

  27 February 2006

Confessions of the Mind criticises those who persist in referring to Africa as a country “Africa is a continent and not a country”.…”I am really tired of having my continent generalized and also having Nigerian folks here telling me that: When I go back to Africa *in the midst of...

South Africa: Failed habitats

  27 February 2006

African HOUSEIT writes on “Failed Habitats” that is the thousands of homes that lack proper sewage systems and water supplies...”Thousands in the area have no private access to water, and hundreds of people are forced to share single taps. More than 15,000 use what is euphemistically called the “bucket system”...

Ethiopia: Role of the Diaspora

  27 February 2006

Weichegud!ET Politics continues her discussion on the role of the Ethiopian Diaspora in mobilizing and lobbying for a better Ethiopia.

Zimbabwe: Mugabe birthday speech

  27 February 2006

Zimbabwean blogger, the Bearded Man reports on Mugabe's birthday speech in which he blasts imperialism and gays and lesbians..on imperialism “in a state of readiness to fight the enemies who might dare to attack you, invade you or claim through the use of arms that a portion of Zimbabwe belongs...

South Africa: Mbeki Interview

  27 February 2006

South Africa reports on a recent newspaper interview with South African President, Thabo Mbeki in which he covered mistakes by the Government in the first five years of local government, on corrutpion and government poweres encroaching on the judiciary.

DRC: 38,000 still dying every month

  27 February 2006

Congo Watch reminds us that up to 38,000 people are still dying every month in the Democratic Republic of Congo...”The Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) remains a humanitarian disaster despite the presence of UN troops and the recent approval of a new constitution that paved the way for elections...

Zimbabwe: Demonstrations on Mugabe's Birthday

  27 February 2006

President Mugabe celebrated his birthday last Tuesday. This is Zimbabwe reports that many citizens took to the streets in protests, demonstrations and sit-ins…“The ongoing countrywide demonstrations by students spread to Masvingo Polytechnic on Tuesday, as police briefly arrested 15 students before releasing them later in the day. The Zimbabwe National...

Ethiopia: Yacob Hailemariam

  27 February 2006

Nazret.com reports on the continuing imprisonment of Ethiopian professor, Yacob Hailemariam. “Hailemariam left Virginia Beach for his native Ethiopia last year to try and spread the democratic values he’d come to cherish after decades in America. He won a seat in parliament in last May’s elections.”

Octavia Butler: Science Fiction

  27 February 2006

Ore's Notes and Ramblings of an African Geek both mourn the passing of African American science fiction writer, Octavia Butler.

Uganda: Museveni wins

  27 February 2006

Jewels in the Jungle reports on the Ugandan elections won by Yoweri Museveni and writes “Museveni's win leaves Western donors in a dilemma. Unhappy that the constitution was changed to allow him to run for a third term, they were further infuriated by the brief detention of Besigye prior to...

The week in Kenyan Blogs

  27 February 2006

Image courtesy of White African This week has Kenyan bloggers writing about very diverse topics, let us start with sports White African reminisces about rugby in Kenyan High schools , generating about 20 comments, that is how passionate Kenyan's can be about rugby. Kenya Cricket has an excellent play by...

Voices of African Women Bloggers

  26 February 2006

Mshairi calls for the abuse of women bloggers to stop! She recalls two recent incidents in the blogosphere where male bloggers “discussed and described women in misogynistic terms.” “The descriptions included ‘ignoramus’, ‘spiteful, angry menopausal bitch’, and ‘ruthless menopausal maniac’. All that remained was the blogger to call the woman...

Caribbean: World Cup 2007 security

  24 February 2006

Barbados Free Press has it from “a confidential source” that “British and South African intelligence agencies and counter-terror units are to play major planning and operational roles in providing security for the 2007 Cricket World Cup” (which is being hosted by several Caribbean territories). The same source says, however, that...

  24 February 2006

Adefunke on Adfunke gives us an insight into a Lagos wedding shower which included karaoke, a question and answer session between the bride to be and friends “how did ya’ll meet’?, ‘are you a moaner, commentator or silent observer” advice on sex and of course lots of good food.

Kenya: press freedom

  24 February 2006

You Missed This reports that the Kenyan government has used an old colonial law to charge the entire staff of the “Weekly Citizen with publishing an alarming report. All 11 of them — the accountants, the messengers, the whole lot.

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